Trump's Government-Shrinking Order
Yesterday, Trump issued a new executive order meant to improve the efficiency of the federal government. But it won’t work. What’s going on? As Politico indicates, Trump has identified the right problem (for once), but is incapable of implementing the necessary solutions. The federal government–and the executive branch in particular–have experienced literally centuries of scope creep, with growing missions and ballooning budgets. As someone who believes the government can be a force for good in the lives of the people it ostensibly represents and serves, I don’t favor a whole scale dismantlement or anything like that.